BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Chancery Judge John Hatcher says he will retire at the end of his current term instead of run for reelection to the bench in the 1st Chancery District.
Hatcher is serving his third term in Place 1 and hearing cases in Alcorn, Itawamba, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tishomingo and Union counties.
Hatcher said he wanted to announce his intentions now to give people enough time to qualify for the 2018 election.
Qualifying for non-partisan judicial races across Mississippi begins January 2 and ends May 11.
The general election is November 6.